North London Mums visited the children's festival Lollibop for the first time this year, and had a great day. We took two four year olds and a two year old and although there was more for the older ones to do the little one had a great time too. We'd love to know what you thought of it and whether you would go again.
This was the second Lollibop Festival and was blessed with much better weather than last year, which definitely helped the atmosphere. The organisers have gone out of their way to make sure that families have all the facilities they need such as tents for feeding and nappy changing, lots of shade, a soft play area and a separate area for under 4s. Staff were very helpful indeed and we were very grateful for the lovely and shady Blogger's Tent where we were able to chill out and tweet our thoughts. Our (chidren's) highlights were The Zingzillas, Mister Maker (of course), excellent compering from the lovely Alex from CBeebies, the Bubble Man and his enormous bubbles and the good quality food on offer.
We weren't so keen on the line up as we would have hoped as not many of the acts were exciting enough to entice our children to sit down for longer than five minutes at a go. There also seemed to be quite a lot of miming as opposed to live singing, which did impact on the atmosphere. Also we would really have liked to see some element of fundraising or awareness raising for a children's charity like Great Ormond Street or NSPCC as part of this festival as it did all feel very corporate. We think that the audience would be keen to participate in this and that it would improve the atmosphere of the festival especially as tickets are quite expensive (£25 per person).
On balance we thought it was really well organised and thoughtful and a fantastically fun day out. We will definitely be there next year. Will you?
Posted by By North London Mums Wednesday, 22 August 2012